KBF allowed partner clubs to qualify 10% of the field at our 2019 trail events. These are known as “at large” qualifying events, and they constitute a more grassroots approach to providing anglers a chance to fish the KBF National Championship, the world’s largest and most lucrative kayak fishing tournament.
KBF streamlined the process this year by shifting more of the paperwork to a KBF statistician and to the partner clubs. Over the course of the season CKA tournament directors worked with KBF and anglers to make sure qualifying spots were submitted correctly. This week we submitted the most recent batch of angler names who qualified at the CKA Kerr-Scott event. Those names will appear on the next roster update.
In total, 20 CKA anglers qualified through our Trail for the KBF National Championship at Guntersville in April of 2020. Yes, THE Guntersville. The purse for 1st place at that event will be $75,000 and a total of $250,000 in total prizes, an unprecedented sum in our sport.* We couldn’t be happier to see the names of CKA anglers added, and we hope one of you will go there and bring the trophy home to North Carolina.
There are 2 remaining ways to qualify for the 2020 National Championship this season. First, the top 10% of the field at the Gate City Classic will be eligible. Remember you must be a KBF member prior to the event in order to be eligible. Second, CKA will receive a number of spots to award to anglers in its end of year AOY rankings. We reserve one of those spots for the Rookie of the Year, but other spots roll down to the 25th place in the standings. You must be a KBF member, however, prior to the final tournament.
In sum, you still have a chance to qualify for a ticket to attend the biggest event in our growing sport. We wish you all the best of luck, and we hope to see you in Alabama next year!
For more info about the 2020 National Championship, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/2020-kbfnc/
To become a KBF member, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/
To register for the Gate City Classic, click here and then follow the second link to Get Outdoors. https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2019-event-8-gate-city-classic
*An earlier version of this post mistakenly stated the 1st place payout would be $75,000. The sum was corrected.